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The Zahir

A Novel of Obsession

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Description

The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover.

Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn't have any answers, but he has plenty of questions of his own. Then one day Mikhail finds the narrator and promises to reunite him with his wife. In his attempt to recapture a lost love, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 11, 2005 – The press chat cites 65 million copies of Coelho's eight previous novels in print, making the Brazilian author one of the world's bestselling novelists (150 countries and 56 languages). This book, whose title means "the present" or "unable to go unnoticed" in Arabic, has an initial staggered laydown of eight million copies in 83 countries and 42 languages. It centers on the narrator's search for his missing wife, Esther, a journalist who fled Iraq in the runup to the present war, only to disappear from Paris; the narrator, a writer, is freed from suspicion when his lover, Marie, comes forward with a (true) alibi. He seeks out Mikhail, the man who may be Esther's most recent lover and with whom she was last seen, who has abandoned his native Kazakhstan for a kind of speaking tour on love. Mikhail introduces the narrator to a global underground "tribe" of spiritual seekers who resist, somewhat vaguely, conventional ways of living. Through the narrator's journey from Paris to Kazakhstan, Coelho explores various meanings of love and life, but the impact of these lessons is diminished significantly as they are repeated in various forms by various characters. Then again, 65 million readers can't be wrong; the spare, propulsive style that drove The Alchemist, Eleven Minutes and Coelho's other books will easily carry fans through myriad iterations of the ways and means of amor.

Customer Reviews

A masterpiece

I read this book in a couple of days. Every book by Paulo Coelho is an adventure in it's own and this one will certainly take you for a ride. So full of insight and no less amusing, this book will remain one of my favorites.

I can't bring myself to finish it

I've been reading this book (the paper one) for two weeks, since my wife sent it with me on my trip to Israel, and every turn of the tourbus correlated with a new chapter and some timely revelation. I recommend both, and together. Peace is possible, though the narrator barely seems to believe it. I can't wait to see what turns await in the last few chapters but I think this will let me edit my review if needed. Hopefully it won't be entirely censored like my review of Fruit Ninja was!

Speechless

Incredible! Wonderful! A magnificent piece of art. Involves love, loss, insecurities and certainly hope... I have read this book in three different languages and is just incredible. I digested this book in two days... Is so interesting that you don't want to stop reading and leaves you hungry for more! Paulo Coelho is a talented writer.

The Zahir
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Oct 13, 2009
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Seller: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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